Walter Sedlmayr

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Walter Sedlmayr
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Born (1926-01-06)6 January 1926
Munich, Germany
Died 14 July 1990(1990-07-14) (aged 64)
Munich, Germany
Other names Walther Sedlmayer
Occupation Actor

Walter Sedlmayr (6 January 1926 – 14 July 1990) was a German stage, television, and film actor from Bavaria.


After his 1945 wartime Abitur, Sedlmayr served as a Flakhelfer towards the end of World War II. His acting career began with minor roles with the Münchner Kammerspiele, for which he played more than 25 years, and in numerous Heimatfilme during the 1940s and 1950s.

In 1971, by now an associate of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Sedlmayr was briefly arrested because a stolen artwork, the Blutenburger Madonna, was found in his house. He was later acquitted of all charges, and the media attention given to his trial helped him gain major roles. His breakthrough came with the leading role in Hans-Jürgen Syberberg's film Theodor Hierneis oder Wie man ehem. Hofkoch wird (1972). Afterwards, Sedlmayr was cast in numerous popular German TV shows, including Münchner Geschichten (de), Der Herr Kottnik, Der Millionenbauer, and Polizeiinspektion 1; he also frequently appeared on stage and in other media.


On 15 July 1990, Sedlmayr was found dead in the bedroom of his Munich apartment. He had been tied up, stabbed in the stomach with a knife and beaten about the head with a hammer.[1] On 21 May 1993, two half-brothers,[2] Wolfgang Werlé and Manfred Lauber, former business associates of Sedlmayr, were found guilty of his murder and sentenced to life in prison.[3][4][5] One of them left prison in August 2007 and the other on January 15, 2008.

Sedlmayr's life and murder were the subject of the 2001 biopic Wambo (de) by Jo Baier, where he was played by Jürgen Tarrach (de), and of an episode of the ARD TV series Die großen Kriminalfälle.

There has been some recent controversies concerning Wikipedia's decision to publish the names of Sedlmayr's killers. The contention concerns the European right to oblivion and American First Amendment free speech. In 2009 the two convicted demanded the removal of their names from the German as well as English Wikipedia. While the German-language Wikipedia followed the demand the English-language Wikipedia has contested the validity of the ruling as it neither operates nor has assets in Germany.[6] In December 2009 the Bundesgerichtshof, the highest court in of ordinary jurisdiction in Germany, decided that the convicted have no right of removal from internet archives as this would be in a too strong conflict with the right on free speech.[7][8][9] After that, the German Wikipedia included the names again.


TV appearances[edit]

  • 1964: Kriminalmuseum
  • 1968: Der Staudamm
  • 1972: TatortMünchner Kindl
  • 1972: Acht Stunden sind kein Tag
  • 1973: Der KommissarEin Funken in der Kälte
  • 1973: TatortTote brauchen keine Wohnung
  • 1973: Drei Partner
  • 1974–1975: Münchner Geschichten (de)
  • 1974–1975: Spannagl & Sohn
  • 1974: Der KommissarTod eines Landstreichers
  • 1974 Derrick - Season 1, Episode 1 - "Waldweg" (1974)
  • 1975: Der KommissarDas goldene Pflaster
  • 1975: Der KommissarEin Mord auf dem Lande


In 1973, Sedlmayr won the Outstanding Individual Achievement: Actor Deutscher Filmpreis award for his role in Theodor Hierneis oder Wie man ehemaliger Hofkoch wird.


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